Buying Your Child an iOS Device? Set a Monthly Apple iTunes AllowanceOn Christmas morning, millions of children from around the world will be opening their presents. Among the presents that these children will be opening will be many from Apple and will include iPhones, iPods, and iPads in both standard and mini sizes. These new Apple devices will require one more accessory, and that accessory will be some type of payment to the Apple iTunes store.

The unfortunate reality is that most, if not all, younger children may not have their own credit card (on second thought, maybe that’s not so unfortunate…). This means that a parent, guardian, grandparent, or close friend may have to get the child an account using their personal credit card number and information. While the process to set up an account is fairly simple, the ramifications could potentially sap your credit card limit.

Most children have no concept of the value of money or how hard some people work in order to make a buck. As the child finishes one game after another, charging at will without regards to pricing, the credit card owner could potentially end up with a large bill at the end of the month.

Apple is keenly aware of the problem. I am sure that after a bevy of complaints from angry consumers who gave the kiddies free reign to buy what they wanted, the final sticker shock was an eye-opener. Apple has a way for consumers to place a fixed allowance on a child’s account to control how the child spends your money. The procedure is fairly simple and requires the following steps to complete:

  • Make sure your iTunes is up to date and you have the latest version installed.
  • Open up the iTunes interface and click on the link Buy iTunes Gifts located on the right side.
  • Enter in all of the required information including your name, an account name, the recipient’s name, and which monthly allotment you wish to set up. Amounts range from $10 and $50.
  • The recipient’s Apple ID must be entered or created at this time. If the recipient already has an Apple ID, do not create a new one.

You can manage your iTunes account, including changing the monthly amount, suspending the account, or viewing the current amount settings. I would also recommend that you as a parent, grandparent, or other adult who controls the account secure your password so the kids cannot change the account settings on their own.

Comments, as always, are welcome.

Source: Apple Support

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